Saturday, March 8, 2014

Doctor Who projects flood LEGO Cuusoo

It's been about a week since the LEGO Cuusoo team announced that previous licensing conflicts over Doctor Who based sets had been resolved, so they can now accept projects based on the property. As expected, it did not take very long at all for several proposal to make their way on to the site.

Doctor Who holds massive potential for LEGO to create a set with massive geek appeal. Rather than relying on a retro property, such as Back to the Future or Ghostbusters, you have the ability to release a set that's still very much a part of current popular geek culture, even if it is more than 50 years since the series started.

Let's take a look at some of the more popular projects that have shown up on Cuusoo and appear on track to hit the 10,000 votes needed for review.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

LEGO CUUSOO Fall 2013 review results are in

The LEGO CUUSOO project has released the results of the latest review period, and fans of a certain movie should be rejoicing about right now. That's a pretty obvious hint...but watch the video anyway.

There were obviously many amazing projects this time around, but I'm not complaining at all about the decision the CUUSOO team made.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Disney Princess, LEGO style

With a young daughter in the house, I am forced to admit that several of the more recent retail sets I have built are from the Friends theme. Introduced a few years ago, the line has become a favorite of my daughter and she frequently enjoys just looking at pictures of the sets online. Most of her collection is from polybags, although she did score the sweet Heartlake Pool for Christmas. Of course, I ended up building it, but she was quite happy with the finished product.

Now that LEGO has tested the waters a little with a girl-focused theme and had some success, they have moved on to a more licensed approach with the loved and hated mini-dolls. Hitting store shelves in 2014 is a line of Disney Princess inspired sets, complete with little versions of some of the franchise's most well-loved characters. LEGO and princesses is not exactly new of course. They have had DUPLO versions of the characters out there for a few years, and that line appears to be continuing. But moving them in to regular brick form greatly expands the audience and the final results look quite nice.

Let's take a look at the sets serving as the introduction to this line in their "big kid" brick form.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

LEGO The Simpsons House revealed

The rumors have been going around for months. Images of the figures have been circulating on various forums for the past few weeks. Then, earlier this week, the first images of an actual set made its way on to EuroBricks. Finally, LEGO has confirmed that they are in fact doing a licensed theme featuring "The Simpsons," the gold standard of animated Sunday night programming for more than two decades.
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I must say, I'm fairly impressed. Here is the press release, via Brickset.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The LEGO Movie sets now available!

Builders around the world are getting their hands on the new movie tie-in sets that go with the upcoming "The LEGO Movie" release. The sets are obviously heavily inspired by the upcoming feature film and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about them. If you have not seen the trailer yet, I highly recommend taking a peek.
It looks like an action packed film and I hope to go see it when it hits theaters later this year. Of course, what good is a movie without toys to go with it? Thankfully, it looks like LEGO went all out with the tie-in sets, all of which appear to be (obviously) based on scenes and vehicles from the movie.

Friday, November 15, 2013

LEGO holiday gift guide - 2013 edition

It's the holiday shopping season again, and it's a great time to look back at some of the best LEGO has to offer from 2013. Whether you are buying for young fans or older ones, these are my picks for what I would love to give or receive over the holiday season.

These picks are obviously not a complete list of all the great things that LEGO has to offer. They are based on my own experiences building them (at least many of them), general impressions from reading reviews, and from looking at the inventory/instructions from the sets. I don't think you can ever go wrong with any gift that involves LEGO. As an AFOL though, I field questions from parents all the time about what's the "best" set to get for their kid or relative. This list represents some of the suggestions I tend to offer.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Building an active LUG

I have been pretty negligent about posting these past few months. Part of the reason is a rather busy work and family life schedule, but another factor is that I have been working much harder at getting my local LUG (LEGO User Group) to be much more active. Over the summer the founder of the LUG I belong to (WisLUG) moved out of the area. I agreed to take over the administration of the group, and it's been quite a ride since then.

For those unfamiliar with the LUG program, they are an outlet for local Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL) to come together and share their love of all things brick built. While LUGs are active in many different ways, a primary goal of the program is to help promote the LEGO brand through helping with and running public events. This can include organizing independent displays in an area, participating in events at LEGO brand retail stores, or coming together with members from many LUGs for large public displays (Brickworld).

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